AAF Week 1 Betting Guide: Odds, Matchups, And How To Watch

Posted By Sean Chaffin on February 8, 2019
AAF Week 1 Betting

The Alliance of American Football debuts this weekend and the new league offers some new football betting options for those looking to extend their gridiron action farther into the winter and spring.

The AAF features eight teams playing a 10-game season with one week of playoffs before a championship game in Las Vegas. The league has altered a few rules (including no kickoffs), but is promising to bring traditional football to fans beyond the Super Bowl. With MGM on board as an official sports betting partner and casinos setting lines for the action, here’s a look at the Week 1 odds, matchups, and everything you need to catch all the action.

Atlanta Legends at Orlando Apollos

Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. (EST) – CBS
Line: Orlando -4
Over/Under: 53
Coaches: Kevin Coyle (Atlanta), Steve Spurrier (Orlando)

Players to Watch:

  • Atlanta – Matt Simms, son of NFL legend Phil Simms, gets the start with Aaron Murray playing backup. Simms brings NFL experience with the Jets, Bills, and Falcons. RB Denard Robinson adds NFL experience (Jaguars) from the backfield.
  • Orlando – Former University of Texas QB Garrett Gilbert leads the charge. He has a Super Bowl ring as a member of the Patriots’ practice squad in 2014. Look for plenty of passing in the Spurrier offense.

San Diego Fleet at San Antonio Commanders

Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. (EST) – CBS
Line: San Antonio -3.5
Over/Under: 53.5
Coaches: Mike Martz (San Diego), Mike Riley (San Antonio)

Players to Watch:

  • San Diego – Former Arizona State QB Mike Bercovici brings NFL experience (Chargers, Cardinals), and former Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar should be a passing option.
  • San Antonio – Look for former Cowboys backup QB Dustin Vaughan to take command. Former University of Houston Cougar QB Greg Ward Jr. provides some speed and playmaking at WR.

Memphis Express at Birmingham Iron

Sunday, Feb. 10, 4 p.m. (EST) – CBS Sports Net
Line: Birmingham -2.5
Over/Under: 51
Coaches: Mike Singletary (Memphis), Tim Lewis (Birmingham)

Players to Watch:

  • Memphis – Former New York Jets second-round pick Christian Hackenberg leads the offense as QB with Zac Stacy providing experience at RB. Stacy spent three years as a Tennessee Titan.
  • Birmingham – Former Alabama RB Trent Richardson hopes to make a comeback in the Alliance after flaming out with the Browns and Colts. QB Luis Perez was one of the best players in Division II in 2017, leading Texas A&M-Commerce to a national championship.

Salt Lake Stallions at Arizona Hotshots

Sunday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. (EST) – NFL Network
Line: Arizona -4.5
Over/Under: 53
Coaches: Dennis Erickson (Salt Lake), Rick Neuheisel (Arizona)

Players to Watch:

  • Salt Lake – Former Liberty QB Josh Woodrum leads the passing attack and bettors may remember former Vikings RB Matt Asiata, who had some decent work in five NFL seasons. Erickson describes the defensive front as a strength for the team.
  • Arizona – Former Oklahoma and Texas A&M QB Trevor Knight brings plenty of skill passing and rushing. At WR, Josh Huff was a third-round pick for the Eagles in 2014. Inconsistent as pass catcher, he showed his explosiveness in kickoff returns for TDs of 107 and 98 yards and will now try to harness that at wideout.

Certainly betting on games with completely brand new teams isn’t easy, but no doubt many will be hoping to make those matchups a little more interesting as they take in the action. Things should shake out a bit more after Week 1 and offer bettors a bit more information on making those wagers in Week 2.

Looking for betting picks on each of these games? Be sure to visit PlayPicks.com for a deeper dive into each of these games from a wagering perspective.

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Sean Chaffin is a freelance writer in Crandall, Texas, and host of the True Gambling Stories podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @PokerTraditions.

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